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George Karl and Mike Brey seem to be kindred spirits in the basketball cosmos.
Both are universally well-respected leaders who do superb jobs in the regular season ... but just appear to be missing the playoff or post-season gene.
Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year today while leading the no-name Denver Nuggets to a 57-25 regular season mark. The man is remarkably consistent and has his teams play over its collective head, just like Brey's. Since 1991-92, Karl has never had a losing season — but in nine of the last 10 years, his team was ousted in the first round of the playoffs (in fairness, he couldn't coach one of those season while undergoing cancer treatment).
The two sound very similar, and it's the ultimate frustration in the sport. Four months of work are trumped by disappointing postseason results that lead to tough debates about whether a proven, respected commodity can take you to that elusive "next level."
i agree Lou, they are very similar in how things go in the regular season compared to the postseason.
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